The last day of 2013 was calm and passing gently in Yokohama. At least, it seemed to be suitable for spending a time with my family. A sound of a bell of temple was telling the new year.
Though common Japanese are not devotional as I wrote ever, new year’s visit to a shrine or a temple is ordinary custom. Exactly saying, visiting temple is completely different from praying at shrine.
To ding a bell of a Buddhist temple is done around the midnight of the last day and, in general, it should be 108 times. Maybe as you know, its tone is very low. Interestingly, people may visit a shrine also in order to pray a happy year. The first picture was taken at a Buddhist temple just after finishing preparation of year-end ringing a bell.
The third picture was taken at a shrine, close to the temple in the first and the second pic, where many people were praying for 2014.
The world is going in real time. Everything on our planet is always changing. But still you only know what you see. What you learn from a news show might be happened one day, one month, one year or one century before. Our life is not so different from a day of Julius Caesar? Probably, no. It must be a kind of gloom and doom.
Today we may have a new power, Web technology as a common infrastructure, which provides us a real-time information, sometimes with wonders. At least, even if it is just a fraction of a daily life, we would know the world, gathering all of things. Network would be going to improve our planet consisted of various senses of worth. I believe that it is important to know, c’est important de le savoir.
I would like to thank everybody for kind messages, supports and a lot of likes. I wish you, your families and your friends the best for 2014, bonne année, 良い一年を。